Larwyn’s Linx: Ted Cruz: Holder must be impeached if Lerner isn’t indicted

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Nation

Ted Cruz: Holder must be impeached if Lerner isn’t indicted: BPR
Obama, Holder both whine about treatment to Al Sharpton: Ace
Chilling: Cliven Bundy, Surrounded by a Military-Style Army: Sara Noble

Democratic Budget Exposes New Obamacare Lie: Phil Kerpen
Dems need to hate the Koch brothers: LI
The Unforgivable Sin: Sebelius Caused `Lasting Damage to Obama Legacy’: TR

The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment: Dana Loesch
Cruz: ‘Scared Senate Democrats Demanded Sebelius’ Head’: FNI
House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor: Tim Alberta

BREAKING: 90% of NY Gun Owners Refuse to Register Guns: ConTrib
Sebelius’s farewell speech derails because … it’s missing a page: Hot Air
Nancy Pelosi: Matt Helm with osteoporosis: Ace

My Foolproof Plan to Stop Common Core and Amnesty: ConHQ
Sebelius’s Dangerous Legacy of Incompetence and Deception: Jonathan Tobin
The Democrats’ Fake Problems : Jim Geraghty

Scandal Central

The Definition Of, “Not A Smidgen,” Revealed, When Democrats Shriek Witch Hunt: Blogmocracy
The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus: Kimberley Strassel
Obama Refuses To Meet With Survivor From 2009 Ft. Hood Terror Attack: WZ

White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim’s Request for Meeting With Obama: ABC
Federal judge slams Holder for ‘unprecedented instruction’ he had ‘no authority to establish’: Caroline May
Senator Harry Reid: cattle rustler for Communist China: James Simpson

Climate & Energy

White House Goes Squishy On Keystone XL Deadline: RWN
Desperate to Sell Volts, Government Motors Cuts Cost by Putting in Even Weaker Batteries: MB
Are Baked Beans Bad For “Climate Change”?: RWN

Media

NY Times issues a huge correction, ruins an entire afternoon of MSNBC programming: ConIntel
Stephen Halbrook’s Masterful History of Nazi Gun Control Measures: PJM
Video: Democrat’s “War on Fox News” turns into hilarious rout: Hot Air

Dana Loesch: If Bundy Cows Were Illegal Aliens They’d Get EBT Cards and Obama Phones: GWP
Multiple Reports Of Cell Towers Near Bundy Ranch Being Shut Down: WZ
59% of GOP Voters Say Republicans in Congress Out of Touch with Party’s Base: Rasmussen

Obama’s press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda: The Week
Obama Tells Us What The Real Voter Fraud Is: Cove
Don’t Go There, Buddy!: MOTUS

World

Putin Declares All-Out Cold War on America: Kim Zigfeld
The Wretched Jelly-Spined Nothing Eunuchs of Brandeis: Mark Steyn
Breaking: White House denies visa to Iranian hostage-taker: Hot Air

CAIR Attacked Ayaan Hirsi Ali Because They are Islamic Supremacists with Links to Terrorists: PJM
Want proof they won’t stop with your guns?: LI
Degrees of Separation: Mark Steyn

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Public Sites Affected by Heartbleed: Mashable
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years: Bloomberg
Why Gamification Matters: Samuel Greengard

Cornucopia

New Michelle Rolling Stone Cover: iOTW
Alleged Bus Bully Learns the Hard Way : Blaze
#BundyRanch: Western Rifle Shooters

Image: White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim’s Request for Meeting With Obama
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QOTD: “Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia has declared all-out cold war on the United States, and is threatening a hot conflagration in Ukraine as well. In response, Barack H. Obama is dithering, poking his head ever deeper into the sands of cowardice, and leading America down the same dead-end street followed by James E. Carter.

On April 10th, the Putin regime shut down the Voice of America radio broadcasts in Russia, calling them “mere spam in our frequencies,” and it evicted the American Councils, which is responsible for organizing student exchanges between the USA and Russia. The same day, it was revealed that the Kremlin had willfully withheld critical information about the Boston Marathon bombers from U.S. security forces, in other words playing an important role in helping the bombings to go forward. We learned that Russia had been ritualistically violating its nuclear arms treaty obligations, and Russia announced as well that it intended to flout U.S. sanctions against the terrorist rogue regime in Iran…

…Yet Obama continues to bite his fingernails and watch as Putin gorges himself on Eastern Europe. A big part of the reason, of course, is that he’s afraid Americans will start remembering his “reset” policy, where he lectured Republicans about having misunderstood Russia and assured us that if treated with proper respect Russia would be a valuable partner in international affairs.” —Kim Zigfeld

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

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Nation

Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings: Pavlich
Lois Lerner Hoped To Get A Job With Organizing For Action: LoneCon
Rep. Elijah Cummings could go to prison for 5 years: AmJrnl

“The First Amendment is Not an Area”: Mark Steyn
Democratic Senators Refuse Equal Pay?: Moe Lane
Ways and Means refers Lois Lerner for criminal prosecution: WFP

Reid and Schumer took Koch money: Power Line
Holder explodes over Contempt of Congress citations: John Hayward
Eric Holder Suggests that Racism is Behind Tough Questioning: PJM

Liberalism Is Eating Itself: Jon Gabriel
Competition for Thee, Not for Me: Ann Coulter
Elijah Cummings owed IRS $ 30,000 in back taxes: Quinton Report

Economy

The Death of Money: James Rickards
Is BLM different from Bundy?: Todd Macfarlane
16 Signs Americans Aren’t Prepared For What May be Coming: Michael Snyder

Scandal Central

Crony Congress: Rep. Mike Rogers Has Ties to Benghazi–Yet is in Charge of the Investigation: Liberty Blitzkrieg
Key Lawyer in DOJ Office Charging Dinesh D’Souza is Obama Campaign Donor: J. Christian Adams
IRS Agents Blast GOP, Urged Callers to Re-elect Obama – PolitiSite: Politisite

Republican Congressman opts out of questioning Holder – implies he should be behind bars: CFP
Byte the Bullet: Hopenchange
SC DOT pumps millions into Washington, DC nonprofit: Watchdog

Media

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos: Power Line
Phony Wage Gap Statistics From White House Spur A Backlash: Instapundit
Megyn Kelly destroys CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper : FAM

The new Inquisition: Victor Davis Hanson
Mark Levin On Obama: “This Man Is A Disgrace”: RWN
Krauthammer: Forget about a Benghazi Select Committee — it’s too late, Obama has won: Scoop

The Myth of Obama – Busted: End of Innocence
Somebody at the FBI seems to want Sharpton dead: Cold Fury
Lefty Letterman: A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host’s Most Liberal Outbursts: MRC

Smoking Gun To Sharpton: You’re a Liar Also: Lid
Is Tom Friedman an Anti-Semite?: Rich Baehr
New Jersey Print Shop Owner Boots Publisher of Anti-Semitic Hate Magazine: Algemeiner

World

Kerry’s Folly: Cal Thomas
Islam Critic Speaks Out on Brandeis: There’s Fear of Violent Repercussion for Criticizing Islam: Mediaite
Islam critic and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali hits back at Brandeis after they do moonbat walk: Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile: Twitter
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker: Kevin Roose
Is It a Good Idea to Vaporize and Inhale Alcohol?: Gizmodo

Cornucopia

Same Pig, Different Lipstick: Christian Mercenary
Comcast says it’s ‘bothered’ that its customer service is terrible: BGR
The Stunning Metamorphosis Of An “Obama Girl”: ZH

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QOTD: “One of the disturbing lessons to be taken from the Obama years is that almost all limits on executive power are now enforced solely by the media. The legal restrictions have been revealed as elaborate bluffs, which can be knocked down by an Administration determined to call them. The Constitutional separation of powers has atrophied into a gentleman’s agreement, which Obama freely disregards, while hurling an endless stream of vile slander at the astonished Republican caucus in Congress. He dares them to do something about it, and since the only thing they can really do is impeach him, he wins. The only balancing force left in the rotted husk of what was once a great Constitutional republic are those media referees, and they seem pretty cool with this President abusing executive power to rewrite laws on the fly, refusing to perform his lawful duties, and concealing reams of damaging documentation. They even keep stone faces when he boasts about how “transparent” his Administration is.

Pulitzer Prizes will be left lying on the table, because no one in the mainstream press wants to write the story that brings this corrupt government down, or at least turns a critical mass of Americans decisively against our intrusive, abusive tax system. Just about everyone from the IRS who has talked to Congress made it clear that conservative groups were indeed targeted for partisan political reasons, but the goalposts for coverage were slowly moved to “Lois Lerner or bust,” and it looks like bust. The press yawns, checks its calendar, and thinks about maybe dashing off a quick epitaph for page A23 on the next anniversary of the scandal. It takes very little imagination to suppose this would all have gone differently if the IRS had harassed civil-rights groups and pro-choice organizations during President John McCain’s 2012 re-election bid. There would have been outrage boiling through city streets. There would have been no other media story until heads rolled. And a panicked Republican administration would probably have started working the guillotines immediately, producing a stream of angry scapegoats who promptly received front-page press treatment as heroic whistleblowers.” —John Hayward

Doug Ross @ Journal

IRS POLITICAL HITMAN LOIS LERNER: Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Corruption: A House panel votes this week to formally ask the DOJ to pursue criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner. It is time someone in this administration were held accountable for something.

A staff report by House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa reveals testimony by IRS agents that the IRS has not deliberately targeted progressive groups. Now comes word that the House Ways and Means Committee is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder accusing former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations Lois Lerner of committing at least three crimes in the IRS’s targeting tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

That crimes have been committed and the Internal Revenue Service has become a corrupt criminal enterprise used to bludgeon political opponents of the Obama administration is hardly in dispute. The charge might have long ago been adjudicated had the Justice Department of Eric Holder, rife with its own very real scandals, not been politicized beyond all recognition.

According to the report, obtained by the Daily Caller, “Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS, while tea party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays.”

The enhanced scrutiny included demands for confidential donor information of the type the IRS has provided to political opponents of conservative groups in the past. We need only look at the blacklisting of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich after his donations opposing California’s Proposition 8 were revealed.

In March 2012, someone at the IRS released the confidential donor lists of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which supports traditional marriage, to its political opponent, the liberal Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a supporter of gay marriage.

At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the HRC. Solmonese also became a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman.

Shortly thereafter, NOM’s tax return and its confidential list of donors and their addresses showed up on the HRC website.

Lois Lerner’s knowledge of and participation in planning to use the IRS as a political weapon, in coordination with the White House, is why she twice invoked the Fifth Amendment in her Congressional visits, even as she was cooperating — or is it coordinating? — with Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

Hans Von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says government officials can’t pick and choose when and where they invoke their Fifth Amendment rights. They can’t legally give information to the DOJ that they withhold from Congress.

“When Lerner gave a lengthy interview to the government, she waived the Fifth. There’s no doubt about it,” says Von Spakovsky. “The law is crystal clear here in the District of Columbia. That means when she showed up March 5, she was obligated to provide the same information.”

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, whose committee has access to confidential taxpayer information as part of its investigation, did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken.

If the committee votes to refer Lerner to the Justice Department, it is expected to make the referral public. This is separate from a possible contempt-of-Congress citation, also a possibility.

“My question isn’t about who’s going to have to resign,” House Speaker John Boehner said during a news conference Wednesday. “My question is, who’s going to jail over this scandal?”

Indeed, the IRS scandal is looming as a criminal conspiracy that makes Watergate look like a fraternity prank. Our recommendation would be to start the investigation with Lois Lerner.


Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

PERJURY: House Oversight Committee Says Lois Lerner Lied to Congress at least Four Times

It would appear that former IRS executive Lois Lerner could soon be held in contempt of Congress and — as an added bonus — charged with perjury.

[The House Oversight committee report] states that [former IRS overseer Lois] Lerner made false statements to committee staff on various occasions.

During a February 2012 briefing, Lerner told committee staff that the criteria for evaluating tax-exempt applications had not changed. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), however, Lerner directed in June 2011 that the criteria used to identify applications be changed.

As Moe Lane observes, Lois Lerner now faces a very serious life-decision:

I don’t think that Darrell Issa is contemplating contempt charges. I think that he’s letting Ms. Lerner know that she has to decide soon whether it’s going to be her scalp that goes up on the lintel. House Oversight has no real reason not to put a former Director of IRS Exempt Organizations in jail for a few years, particularly if they can also convict a suitable number of subordinates: it would be nice to get the people in the Executive Branch who gave the orders, but putting the fear of God and Congress into those who got the orders will also pay dividends.

But, obviously if Lois Lerner is not the biggest fish in this investigation then Darrell Issa would like to get his hands on the one who is. That is Ms. Lerner’s only real bargaining card right now; I look forward to seeing her next play.

The House Oversight Committee summarized Lerner’s role as follows:

Through e-mails, documents, and the testimony of other IRS officials, the Committee has learned a great deal about Lois Lerner’s role in the IRS targeting scandal since the Committee first issued a subpoena for her testimony. She was keenly aware of acute political pressure to crack down on conservative-leaning organizations. Not only did she seek to convey her
agreement with this sentiment publicly, she went so far as to engage in a wholly inappropriate effort to circumvent federal prohibitions in order to publicize her efforts to crack down on a particular Tea Party applicant. She created unprecedented roadblocks for Tea Party organizations, worked surreptitiously to advance new Obama Administration regulations that curtail the activities of existing 501(c)(4) organizations – all the while attempting to maintain an appearance that her efforts did not appear, in her own words, “per se political.”

I don’t care whether the President is Republican or Democrat. The politicization of the IRS is inexcusable and should be grounds for impeachment.

Furthermore, an example should be made of Lois Lerner. A very painful example.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal